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In the news

By Times staff and wire reports

© St. Petersburg Times,
published August 2, 2001


A $10-million Diesel

XXX will mean a big payday for actor Vin Diesel.

The tough-guy star of The Fast and the Furious has signed for $10-million to star in the urban spy thriller about an extreme-sports athlete recruited by authorities to infiltrate a crime ring, Variety and the Hollywood Reporter reported.

Production on the Revolution Studios film is scheduled to begin by the end of the year for a July 2002 release.

'Brother' not for family

Is Big Brother 2 getting too raunchy for the so-called family hour? CBS announced that it is moving the reality series an hour later to 9 p.m. each of the three nights it airs starting Wednesday.

Other changes being made to the CBS schedule to accommodate Big Brother include moving Touched by an Angel from Sunday night to 8 p.m. Saturdays beginning Aug. 25, and the Las Vegas-based murder investigation series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation to 10 p.m. Thursdays starting Aug. 9.

'Bay' adds morning host

Soft rock radio station WBBY-FM 107.3 "The Bay" will join the morning show fray on Monday. The station has hired David K. Jones, a 30-year radio veteran, to replace Sam Blythe who left WBBY in June.

Jones, 46, comes to WBBY from WFLC-FM in Miami. He also has hosted morning programs in Los Angeles, Seattle, Phoenix and Chicago. His show will air from 5 to 10 a.m.

With WBBY's target audience, listeners ages 25 to 54, the station came in 13th place in the morning during the last ratings period.

Keillor has heart procedure

Prairie Home Companion host Garrison Keillor underwent a routine open-heart procedure July 25 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. The valve repair was recommended by his doctors and a full recovery is expected.

Repeat broadcasts of A Prairie Home Companion will air on the bay area's National Public Radio station WUSF-FM 89.7 through Sept. 29. The new season begins Oct. 6.

Carey gets more care

Pop diva Mariah Carey, who checked herself into a hospital last week because of "exhaustion," is now under psychiatric care following what her publicist is calling an "emotional and physical breakdown."

Rumors have been circulating that Carey, 31, attempted suicide, but spokeswoman Cindi Berger said that isn't so.

Before her hospitalization, Carey left two despondent messages on her official Web site, complaining of being overworked and getting too little attention from her new record label.

Carey has been dating Latin singer Luis Miguel. But it looks as if that relationship is on the rocks. Berger said Miguel has not visited Carey in the hospital but has called her manager to express his concern.

Correction

'N Sync member JC Chasez's name was misspelled in a review in Wednesday's Times.

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